HALF DAY TOUR
T2 - OTAGO PENINSULA
Adult: $95 | Child: $35 (5-14yrs) | Infant: $0 (0-4yrs)
WILDLIFE CRUISE + OTAGO HARBOUR CRUISE + OTAGO PENINSULA BUS TOUR
Travel the length of New Zealand’s most picturesque harbour aboard the MV Monarch. Our skipper will take you past Careys Bay - a historic fishing village, the busy wharves of Port Chalmers and past the beautiful bays, hills, farmland and forest that surround the Otago Harbour. You’ll learn about the harbour’s volcanic geology and its Maori and European history. Take in the sights with a drink or snack from our fully licensed galley.
Continue on our fascinating Wildlife Cruise which travels around Taiaroa Head located at the entrance to the Otago Harbour. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the world’s only mainland nesting place of royal albatross. Watch as these huge birds glide in from the ocean and soar high above their hillside nest sites.
We will take you close to the base of dramatic volcanic cliffs with a historic lighthouse looking out from above. Below the cliffs you’ll watch as NZ fur seals play and swim around their breeding colonies. A short cruise out at sea and you can spot rarely seen ocean birds including other albatross species, cormorants and petrels. Occasionally we spot NZ sea lions, blue penguins, dusky & hectors dolphins and other marine mammals.
During the summer months this tour also includes a scenic bus tour one-way along the Otago Peninsula. Hear stories of sea creatures and early settlers as you travel past quaint little townships and rolling farmland. Keep an eye out your window for great views of the harbour and rugged coastline.
1 OCTOBER - 8 APRIL 2020
start: 08:30am | finish: 12:00pm
- cruise out & bus back to Dunedin.
start: 03:30pm | finish: 07:00pm
- bus out & cruise back to Dunedin
9 APRIL - 30 SEPTEMBER 2021
start: 01:00pm | finish: 05:00pm
- cruise both ways along the Otago Harbour.
Can I purchase food during my tour?
We have a fully licensed bar which stocks a range of alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages and a selection of snack items. If you want something more substantial we recommend pre-packing a lunch to bring with you.
What happens with bad weather?
It is rare for us to cancel our trips, we are lucky to travel in fairly sheltered areas. The windy, cool “bad weather” days are often the best conditions for watching albatross soar. They love a cold southerly wind and don’t stop for rain! If we do cancel, you’ll be refunded or rescheduled.
Where does this tour depart from?
This tour starts daily from 20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin. Carparks are available. We offer complimentary pickups from central Dunedin hotels, motels, backpackers and the iSite visitor centre (upon request when booking).
What should I bring on tour?
The number one thing to remember is a camera! We also suggest bringing a warm jacket and sturdy footwear. During your trip you will be offered a complimentary warm jacket and binoculars. You’re also welcome to bring your own food and drink along with you.
This tour departs from 20 FRYATT STREET, DUNEDIN.
Complimentary pickups are available from hotels, motels, backpackers & the iSite (please request when booking).